Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding dynamic range, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
In photography, the measure of the darkest to lightest tones that your camera…can capture is referred to as the dynamic range.…Now you may think that low-light shooting is inherently a low-dynamic-range…situation: Everything is dark, right?…But actually, low-light situations often have a very high dynamic range, because…you'll have a dark scene and usually have bright light in it somewhere.…The important thing to remember about dynamic range is that your eye has a much…higher dynamic range than your camera, probably close to twice the range.…So, while you're standing there, you're going to be able to see detail around the…bright light and in dark shadows.…
Your camera though won't be able to see that full range without using a…very long shutter speed.…Typically, the camera will meter for the bright thing; in other words,…it'll decide to go with shorter shutter speeds and smaller apertures so that the…bright thing doesn't overexpose. But that means that shadowy areas will most…likely be plunged into complete darkness.…
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m Intermediate
Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshopwith Seán Duggan2h 12m Intermediate
1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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